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Rise & Shine: Some parents of students with dyslexia feel schools aren’t doing enough to help

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In today's news roundup: Why six Colorado school districts are suing to prevent cross-district busing, an update on Denver's call for a new middle school, and a new report that shows a large disparity in the number of white and Latino residents earning post-secondary degrees in Colorado.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter


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NOT SO FAST Six school districts are suing to stop a change to Colorado law that could increase access to school choice but that was approved under questionable circumstances. The change would allow school districts to run buses through other districts’ boundaries without permission – a move some superintendents are worried will siphon their students. Chalkbeat

NEW SCHOOL The Denver school district put out a call for school developers interested in opening a new middle school in the fast-growing Stapleton neighborhood, and this is who responded. Chalkbeat

DYSLEXIA Some parents of children with dyslexia feel their schools are too hesitant to diagnose and provide students with the help they need. “When I told him he was dyslexic, he was relieved,” one mother said of her son. “The other labels he’d come up with for himself were far less kind.” Coloradoan

POST-SECONDARY INEQUITY Among states with large Latino populations, Colorado has the largest disparity between white and Latino residents earning a post-secondary degree or certificate, according to a new report. Daily Camera

POT (OF) MONEY A three-year, $800,000-a-year state grant paid for by marijuana sales tax money has allowed Jeffco Public Schools to hire three new school nurses and six social and emotional learning specialists. Fox31

SCHOOL SECURITY The director of Colorado’s School Safety Resource Center talks about the changes schools are making this year, post-Parkland, to increase security. Colorado Public Radio

STRONG BONDS Students who have a parent they can talk to about their problems are less likely to consider suicide, according to a 2017 survey of Boulder middle and high school students. Daily Camera